28 Inspiring Pictures of American Suffragettes

The 19th Amendment to the United States constitution, which prohibits being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex, became law in 1920.  But the fight for that fundamental right started over 70 years earlier.  In fact, one of the most famous names associated with the suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony, joined the cause in 1852.

What happened in those long years is reflected in the photos below: endless marching, parades, and traveling around the country to raise funds and support.  In many of the photos, the women look cheerful, if determined.  But there are glimpses of hardships too, like standing all day in the rain while picketing outside the White House.  And there’s one photo from jail, where more and more women were sent in the last years of the fight.  In the end the suffragettes won, and perhaps one lesson stood above all the rest: Perseverance is everything.

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Suffrage parade, Inez Milholland

Suffrage parade, Inez Milholland

Suffragettes - U.S. - Margaret Vale (Mrs. George Howe), niece of Pres. Wilson in Suffrage parade, New York. Oct. 1915.

Suffragettes – U.S. – Margaret Vale (Mrs. George Howe), niece of Pres. Wilson in Suffrage parade, New York. Oct. 1915.

WOMAN SUFFRAGE PICKET PARADE

WOMAN SUFFRAGE PICKET PARADE

WOMAN SUFFRAGE PICKET PARADE

WOMAN SUFFRAGE PICKET PARADE

LAIDLAW, MRS. JAMES LEEDS. SUFFRAGETTE

LAIDLAW, MRS. JAMES LEEDS. SUFFRAGETTE

BRANHAM, LUCY. SUFFRAGETTE

BRANHAM, LUCY. SUFFRAGETTE

Suffragettes at Capitol, 1913

Suffragettes at Capitol, 1913

Suffrage Parade - Alberta Hill

Suffrage Parade – Alberta Hill

HITCHCOCK, HELEN. WOMAN SUFFRAGETTE

HITCHCOCK, HELEN. WOMAN SUFFRAGETTE

Woman modelling marching costume for Chicago's suffrage parade, June 6, 1916

Woman modelling marching costume for Chicago’s suffrage parade, June 6, 1916

Marchers in Suffrage parade, 5/4/12 - Miss Brannan & Mrs. John Rogers, Jr.

Marchers in Suffrage parade, 5/4/12 – Miss Brannan & Mrs. John Rogers, Jr.

German actress Hedwig Reicher wearing costume of "Columbia" with other suffrage pageant participants standing in background in front of the Treasury Building, March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C

German actress Hedwig Reicher wearing costume of “Columbia” with other suffrage pageant participants standing in background in front of the Treasury Building, March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C

Left, Mrs. Martin, suffragette.  Right, Mrs. Martin, suffragette in prison

Left, Mrs. Martin, suffragette. Right, Mrs. Martin, suffragette in prison

Suffragettes with flag

Suffragettes with flag

Oldest suffragette - Mrs. Rhoda Glover in Pageant

Oldest suffragette – Mrs. Rhoda Glover in Pageant

Suffragette Ball - Gr. Cymball Dance

Suffragette Ball – Gr. Cymball Dance

Suffragettes Drilling, Chicago

Suffragettes Drilling, Chicago

Suffragette parade Mar. 3, 1913; Wash., D.C.

Suffragette parade Mar. 3, 1913; Wash., D.C.

Suffragettes parading with banner "President Wilson favors votes for women". N.Y.C. ca.1916

Suffragettes parading with banner “President Wilson favors votes for women”. N.Y.C. ca.1916

Suffragettes - U.S.: Audre Osborne and Mrs. James S. Stevens, with several others in background, 1917[?], holding signs

Suffragettes – U.S.: Audre Osborne and Mrs. James S. Stevens, with several others in background, 1917[?], holding signs

Suffragette Trixie Friganza, decending steps, New York

Suffragette Trixie Friganza, decending steps, New York

Mrs. H. Riordan, suffragette, New York

Mrs. H. Riordan, suffragette, New York

Suffragettes holding flags: Miss E. Freeman, Miss Wyckoff, Miss Milholland, Mrs. Holladay, and Miss A. Wright

Suffragettes holding flags: Miss E. Freeman, Miss Wyckoff, Miss Milholland, Mrs. Holladay, and Miss A. Wright

Suffragettes - Mrs. Alice Burke and Nell Richardson in the suffrage automobile "Golden Flyer" in which they will drive from New York to San Francisco. April 7, 1916.

Suffragettes – Mrs. Alice Burke and Nell Richardson in the suffrage automobile “Golden Flyer” in which they will drive from New York to San Francisco. April 7, 1916.

Suffragette Mrs. Sophia Loebinger speaking before City Hall, New York

Suffragette Mrs. Sophia Loebinger speaking before City Hall, New York

Suffrage hikers collecting

Suffrage hikers collecting

Suffrage Pageant - flower girls L.I., N.Y.

Suffrage Pageant – flower girls L.I., N.Y.

suffragette Susan Fitzgerald, Emma Bugby, Maggie Murphy, and Mrs. H.S. Blatch

Susan Fitzgerald, Emma Bugby, Maggie Murphy, and Mrs. H.S. Blatch




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Lady Lilith
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Wow. These photographs really tell a lot of history.

M Rogers
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Amazing pictures. I think it’s funny how the dates at the top of some pictures are abbreviated like we write them today. (4-3-14) Except theirs of course are from the early 1900’s. Without the fight these woman persevered in, we as women would not have the freedom we do today. It’s also strange to think that all the women in these pictures have passed away now, but their legacy lives on.

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